Through our experiences teaching young children and in our current work supporting educators, we have often heard adults and ourselves saying to children during daily interactions in the learning environment, “let’s get our wiggles out!” Yet, if we close our eyes and imagine an infant, young toddler, or preschooler in their home or school environment, we would most likely see a child that is moving. From birth, children’s exploration of the world begins with sensorimotor movements that direct their discoveries of the world around them. Moving is a key ingredient in young children’s development. Yet, experts are increasingly concerned about the reduction of physical activity in children’s daily lives.
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